Susan McDuffie has been a lifelong fan of historical fiction and mysteries. As a child,
Susan spent such vast amounts of time reading historical fiction that she often wondered
if she was born in the wrong century. As an adult, her discovery that Clorox was not marketed
prior to 1922 reconciled her to life in this era. Still, the pull of the past was strong,
so Susan turned to writing as a way to connect with and reimagine history.
Susan's first published works were two Regency short stories in the Regency Press anthologies
A Regency Sampler (1999) and The Winter Holiday Sampler
(2000). Her historical mystery, A Mass for the Dead (2006,
introduced the Scottish sleuth Muirteach MacPhee. Muirteach continues his investigations in
The Faerie Hills (April 2011, Five Star), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award for Best Historical Novel.
The Study of Murder, published in September 2013, is the third Muirteach mystery,
and is a finalist in the
2014 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards
in the categories of Historical Fiction and Mystery/Suspense.
Susan has long been fascinated by Scotland, especially the stories of the traditional clan
lands of Colonsay.
The McDuffie clan held the role of Keeper of the Records for the medieval
Lords of the Isles.
On her first visit to Scotland, Susan hitchhiked her way through the Outer Hebrides,
and at length arrived on Colonsay. While touring the Oronsay Priory ruins, the seeds
for the Muirteach mysteries were planted. Since then, Susan has visited Scotland several
times and conducted extensive research for this series.
When not writing or traveling, Susan enjoys gardening and taking flamenco classes in
where she has lived since 1982. She worked for 25 years as an occupational therapist
with the Santa Fe Public Schools, and retired in 2007. Susan shares her life with a
fetish carver and four rambunctious cats.